January 24, 2017 1:00 am - 11:55 pm
Guelph and Wellington County
Guelph and Wellington County
Wellington Water Watchers
Water for Life, Not for Profit
- Guelph-Wellington – On Wednesday January 18, 2017, The Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC) announced a proposed fee change to the Permit-To-Take-Water (PTTW) regulations for the bottled water industry. Up until now, the industry has paid the standard fee of $3.71 for every million litres taken. The proposed increase suggests the fee should be $503.71 per million litres commencing August 1, 2017.
- The Wellington Water Watchers (WWW) has been consistent in our message that no fee change is going to deter this industry whose profit margins are so enormous that no impact will be felt by such a fee increase. Our focus is on new and effective regulation to adequately protect our water. We want the Ministry to phase-out, stop granting and stop renewing consumptive permits that allow for the reselling of our precious water. Water is for Life, Not for Profit.
- We do support a fee of cost recovery by the province for managing water permits without turning water into a commodity as the province cannot be seen profiting from the sale of water, something WWW firmly opposes.
- “It has never been about the fees for us. It has always been about the principled use of our water,” Stated Mike Nagy, Chair of WWW. “Although we are pleased to see that the MOECC is responding to the people’s request to see this industry treated differently from other water takers, we have always been clear that no amount of money will bring our water back once it is gone.”
- As echoed by Premiere Wynne, permits for bottled water companies were never intended from the PTTW process. It was not foreseen 30 years ago when the permitting process was put in place that people would take advantage of the system.
- “It’s not that we oppose the fee increase,” said Rob Case, board member of WWW, “but it’s a bit of a diversion from the real issues. With a growing population and in the context of climate change and the resultant impacts to local water sources, we just cannot afford to keep letting industries take this public resource merely to put it into a piece of garbage to send around the world for great profits. It is time we bring our regulations into the modern reality.”
- We invite all in Ontario to provide your feedback on this proposed fee increase to the ministry through the Environmental Registry, available until March 20, 2017.
- We also ask that you take our pledge: “I pledge to help protect Wellington County Water. I support the demand that Premier Wynne say No to Nestlé and not renew Nestlé Waters Canada’s application for permits to take water at Aberfoyle and Hillsburgh. I am making this pledge to protect and maintain the water as a public resource for our community now and for generations to come”.
- We anticipate that new regulations will be in place this spring or early summer. We need to stay diligent and stand together to ensure we protect our water. Join us at wellingtonwaterwatchers.ca and give generously of your time and money to help us keep our campaign strong. We are all Water Watchers!
For more information please contact: Mike Nagy
Board Chair, Wellington Water Watchers
[email protected] 519-829-6249
Dr. Robert Case
Board Member, Wellington Water Watchers